Today, July 11, 2015, UFC will present UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor, only through pay-per-view. The event will take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena located in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those who are unable to attend the fight live, once again it is a pay-per-view, and will cost an average of $50 in standard definition, $10 more for high-definition.
Fortunately, those who cannot afford the pay-per-view are given some luxuries at a smaller price. First, the Early Preliminary Card can be viewed through the UFC Fight Pass while the main Preliminary Card can be viewed through Fox Sports 1. Take note that the UFC 189 main card is when the interim featherweight championship title fight takes place. Until then, here are some past articles from the Inquisitr that assist in the build-up for this fight.
- Jose Aldo injured a rib during training, but made a statement he would still fight Conor McGregor at UFC 189.
- Dana White however doesn’t trust Aldo’s words and already has a back-up fighter just in case Aldo does pull out of the fight.
- White was smart to have a contingency plan because Aldo did indeed pull out of the fight. Chad Mendes will take his place and the fight will now be for the interim featherweight championship.
- McGregor however is still preparing for the fight against Mendes by having “as much sex as possible” before it happens.
- As for Aldo, White believes the current UFC featherweight champion is out of the fight not for the rib, but because he couldn’t make weight.
From all the hype and news reported above, the big fight of the night will certainly be the Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC interim featherweight championship. It is assumed that the winner of the fight will eventually fight Jose Aldo when he returns from his rib injury in a “champion vs. champion” title unification match, similar to the main event at UFC 188 when Cain Velasquez fought Fabrício Werdum to unify their UFC heavyweight championships. As we know already, Werdum came out on top in that fight. It should also be known that the UFC Welterweight Championship is also on the line, as the champion Robbie Lawler defends against Rory MacDonald.
The results of the main fight card will be shown below as they become available. This is a live-updating article so for those who are unable to watch the pay-per-view, you can use this article as a means to find out the latest results. Please note that due to online limitations, only the overall result shall be posted live with a fight synopsis detailed after the pay-per-view. Since preliminary matches are fairly easy to watch — either on UFC Fight Pass or television — they will not be included.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View – 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST)
Brad “One Punch” Pickett vs. Thomas “Thominhas” Almeida – Pickett (England) is 25-10-0 and ranked number 15. Almeida (Brazil) is undefeated at 19-0-0 and ranked number 14. They are fighting in the Bantamweight Division.
- SYNOPSIS: A mostly one-sided fight in favor of Almeida. Pickett however suffered when Almeida faked a flying knee with his right knee switching it to the left. He found his target with Pickett’s face resulting in a second round finish. It should be noted that Almeida is the first and only contender to KO the MMA veteran.
- RESULTS: Almeida defeats Pickett via KO with a Flying Knee, 29 seconds into the second round.
Gunner “Gunni” Nelson vs. Brandon “Rukus” Thatch – Nelson (Iceland) is 13-1-0 and ranked number 15. Thatch (USA) is 11-2-0. They are fighting in the Welterweight Division.
- SYNOPSIS: This fight was very one-sided in which That felt the blunt of attacks. Eventually, Thatch gave up his back to Nelson who was able to lock in a rear-naked choke for a victory.
- RESULTS: Nelson defeats Thatch via Submission with a Rear-Naked Choke, 2:54 into the first round.
Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs. Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens – Bermudez (USA) is 15-4-0. Stephens (USA) is 23-11-0. They are fighting at a catchweight of 149.5 pounds.
- SYNOPSIS: Very entertaining match which lasted almost all three rounds. A lot of back-and-forth action. In the first round, it looked as if Bermudez was set to win the fight because of his offense. Also, Stephens got cut over his right eye too, ergo the blood blinding him would have been a factor. The second round was different as both contenders showed what they were capable of in which they both succeeded in landing combinations and knocking down their respective opponents. In the end, Stephens countering Bermudez’s attempt to step in with a flying knee ended the fight.
- RESULTS: Stephens defeats Bermudez via TKO with a Flying Knee/Punches, 32 seconds into the third round.
“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler vs. “Red King” Rory MacDonald (Welterweight Championship Fight) – Lawler (USA) is 25-10-0 (with 1 NC) and the UFC Welterweight Champion. MacDonald (Canada) is 18-2-0 and ranked number two. They are fighting in the Welterweight Division for the UFC Welterweight Championship.
- SYNOPSIS: A fight with a slow start which eventually picked up. First two rounds were most a game of high-fives but both fighters eventually sped things up. Lawler tagged MacDonald multiple times in the face, mostly around the nose. MacDonald on the other hand staggered Lawler more than once with a roundhouse kick to the side of the head. However, Lawler would get the TKO victory when MacDonald took too many punches to the nose and literally crumpled to the ground. His cover-up wasn’t good enough as Lawler proceeded to ground-and-pound to secure a TKO victory to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship.
- RESULTS Lawler defeats MacDonald via TKO with Punches, 1:00 into the fifth round to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Chad “Money” Mendes vs. “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (Interim Featherweight Championship Fight) – Mendes (USA) is 17-2-0 and is ranked number one. McGregor (Ireland) is 17-2-0 and is ranked number three. They are fighting in the Featherweight Division for the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship.
- SYNOPSIS: The most entertaining match of the night thanks to McGregor. When the first round starts, McGregor wildly runs up to Mendes and delivers a spinning back kick. Though McGregor was far more entertaining with his smack talk and body language, he got tagged more than Mendes. Also, the two times McGregor was on the ground, the fight heavily slowed down. With that in mind, the second round was a bit of the drag as both contenders spent most of their time on the ground. Mendes did tag McGregor on the ground with some well-placed elbows, but once McGregor escaped, it was all over. McGregor seemed to be upset at the situation as he brought flurry after flurry. What secured the victory – with three seconds to spare – was McGregor’s one-two combination that knocked down Mendes. Ground-and-pound commenced for a stoppage resulting in McGregor becoming the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion.
- RESULTS: McGregor defeats Mendes via TKO with Punches, 4:57 into the second round to win the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship.
[Image via UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor Promotional Poster]